What is the dream house for a millennial and how is it different from traditional homes?
The millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000) is becoming an increasingly important art of the housing market. Millennials have grown up witnessing a vast expanse of technology, and this has truly affected many people’s expectations when it comes to purchasing their dream house. From home automation systems, to high speed networks for the perfect gaming system in a home, millennials are expecting high-end technology in their home, rather than a fireplace, picket fence and exposed beams.
Home Automation Systems
A home automation system will allow a user to effectively secure their homes by using their phone or other form of tablet no matter where they are in the world. One integrated home security system can include everything from lighting control, door entry systems, fitted alarms, CCTV, blinds and many more which can all be controlled from one device. In addition to this, you are able to view all cameras from the tablet when out and about, and you can also put your phone on ‘Holiday Mode’ to keep your property secure when you’re away. This extra technology is the perfect example of what millennials are looking for when it comes to purchasing their dream home – a very different look at security to a chain lock and alarm featured in more traditional homes.
Intelligent Lighting Systems
Lighting control systems allow millennials to add both elegance and sophistication without the need for switches and dimmers in every room. An intelligent lighting system can be controlled remotely, and can be used to create different lighting levels, a variety of finishes and a selection of atmospheres. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner, or you’re looking to prevent screen glare in a home cinema, an intelligent lighting system can create the perfect mood. Integrated lighting systems also help you to choose colours so you can have your favourite colours no matter what room you’re in, to reflect your mood or to help you relax.
Many millennials that are looking for their dream home, are young professionals that want a home that needs little to no work involved in order to put their own stamp on the place. Stereotypically, they just want to move in and get on with their day-to-day life, with a vast expanse of technology to play around with and the best networking connections for their broadband and telephone purposes.
Features in the home such as an island in the kitchen, electric hobs, self-closing blinds and many more features are all parts of the house that millennials have come to expect of their dream home – rather than buying a property that needs a lot of work. Many millennials are looking for new homes that have new fixtures such as updated kitchens and baths, but this could be due to the fact that they have little budget to use to update the home once they’ve purchased a property.
Young buyers and millennials are also more open to an open plan house or flat, rather than a floorplan and layout that compartmentalises the home. This is very different to a traditional home, but it is being seen more and more in new developments. Open plans homes also often feature a kitchen/dining room/ living room merge, due to the way younger people tend to entertain their guests. The kitchen is probably one of the most important parts when it comes to millennials purchasing a house due to the entertainment factor, where guests can flow through the rooms rather than being sectioned off.